Construction has started on a project in Ireland pairing a battery energy storage system (BESS) with a synchronous condenser, developed by Lumcloon Energy and Hanwha Energy.
Prime minister (Taoiseach) Michael Martin marked the start of construction yesterday (6 September) at the project, called Shannonbridge B, in central Ireland.
The grid stability plant will provide 170MWh of energy storage for the country’s national grid and will take two years to build at a cost of €130 million (£112.7 million).
It is being developed by domestic outfit Lumcloon Energy and Korean group Hanwha Energy and will pair what was described as a long duration battery system, with a synchronous condenser.
Synchronous condensers provide low carbon inertia which, combined with the batteries’ rapid frequency response, reserve and ramping services, will allow the plant to respond to sudden changes in electricity supply and demand.
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